Ideas To Convert Old Sari-Suit-Shirt Into A Beautiful Dress

In this blog, I am going to share few ideas by which you can Convert Old Sari Into Beautiful Dress. You can transform old Sari into amazing fashionable dresses, Kurtis, Lehanga choli , Ethnic wear for baby girls.

When I was little My mom used to sew me cute frocks. She didn’t spend more money on Fancy clothes for me, rather she herself stitched me all the dresses. She’s very very innovative and her fashion sense is so good. During my school/ college days also, she always stitched beautiful suits and dresses for me. Though she hasn’t taken any professional training but she’s always learning. I have never seen her wasting even a single moment. She’s always busy with her art/craft, stitching, knitting, crochet; always trying something new and unique. With time and continuous practice, I have seen her talent has reached new heights.

Lately she has stitched a few frocks and some beautiful dresses for my 5 years old daughter reusing some unused sarees, suits and shirts. I am sharing those pictures with you for reference.


1. Select Your Pattern and Fabric

Create a garment your kids will be proud to wear! Selecting fabric is also a big task. It is the most important step in sewing a garment. We have chosen Cotton and Silk for making frocks and have tried to keep these dresses simple yet elegant.

2. Prepare Your Pattern

Once you’ve chosen your dress pattern, you can prepare your pattern. Open your pattern and find all the pattern pieces required. For a simple shift dress, that might include the dress front, dress back, front and back neck facings and armhole facings or sleeves. 

3. Prepare And Cut Out Your Fabric

Press your fabric to remove all wrinkles. Then, lay out your fabric on your work space, following the pattern instructions.You may need to fold the fabric in half.

4. Placing The Pattern Pieces

Place the pattern pieces on the fabric, following the pattern instructions. Make note of the grain or grainline. Grainline generally refers to the lengthwise grain and any pieces that need to be placed on the fold.

Don’t forget about directionality: If your fabric has a directional print like flowers with stems, you want all the flowers to face the same direction. Make sure to lay out the pieces so that they all have the same orientation.

Pin the pieces to your fabric, then cut!

5. Facings

Your pattern may also include Facings. For example, a sleeveless dress likely includes facings for the neck and armholes, either in one piece or separate pieces for the front and back.

Facings typically have Interfacing, the pattern instructions will indicate which pieces need to be interfaced. You can cut out the interfacing separately and then fuse or sew it onto the facing pieces, or you can block fuse the fabric. (Block fusing is a convenient method for applying interfacing prior to cutting out the pieces. Block fusing is a real time saver although it does use up more of the fusible interfacing.)

6. Mark And Sew Darts

Your pattern will likely have a few Darts. A dart is a folded wedge of fabric that is tapered and stitched down to give shape to a garment. Transfer the Pattern markings to your cut out fabric. Darts are indicated by dots in a long triangular configuration, which you fold and stitch from fabric edge to the point. Sew your dart and press downward.

7. Sew The Back Zipper

If your dress includes a back zipper, as many do, it’s more convenient to put in the zipper now, before the front and back of your dress are sewn together.

8. Sew The Shoulder Seams

Now that your dress front and dress back are both ready, you can sew them together at the shoulder. 

If your pattern has a V-neckline or if you are working with a loosely woven fabric (such as linen or double gauze) then it’s a good idea to Staystich the front and back neckline edges before sewing the shoulder seams so that the fabric keeps it shape and doesn’t stretch out.

9. Prepare The Neckline Facing

Time to start on the facings. If you have not previously done so, apply the interfacing to the front and back neckline facings.

Stitch the back neck facings to the front neck facing at the shoulder seams.

Press  the shoulder seams open, as you did on the dress shoulder seams.

10. Attach The Neck Facings

Pin the neckline facing to the dress neckline, right sides together. Match the shoulder seams of the dress with the shoulder seams on the facing pieces.

Stitch the dress neckline facing in place.

Because this is a curved seam, you’ll need to make small snips around the seam allowance so it can easily turn inside the garment. Make small cuts perpendicular to the stitching, ending close to the stitch line, but not through it.

Fold the facing toward the inside of the dress. If there are any areas that don’t want to turn or don’t sit well, add another clip to release the fabric in that area.

11. Press And Under Stitch Neck Facing

Press the neckline facing up and away from the body of the dress. Make sure that the seam allowance also stays up and doesn’t get flipped down toward the body of the dress. 

Once the facing is pressed upward, Under stitch around the neck edge. Under-stitching is a row of stitching near the seam on the facing that helps the facing roll inside of the garment.

Now that the the neck facing is under-stitched, flip it to the inside of the dress and press around the neckline edge to create a smooth finish. 

12. Sew Side Seams

Sew the side seams of the dress, matching notches along the seam.

Press the side seams open.

13. Prepare The Armhole Facings

The armhole facings are prepared in a similar fashion to the neck facings.

Note that the back armhole facing has a double notch and the front has a single notch. These pattern markings are common in most patterns, especially on sleeves and armhole facings. They help you distinguish between the front and back pieces.

Stitch the two facing pieces together, aligning it at the shoulder and underarm seams. Press the seams open.

14. Attach The Armhole Facings

Pin the armhole facings to the armhole, matching front and back notches as well as the shoulder and underarm seams. Stitch the facing to the armhole. Repeat for the second armhole.

Under stitch both armhole facings.

15. Finish Back Neckline

To create a clean finish at the top of the zipper, flip the facing end around the top of the zipper and stitch through all layers, following the line of previous stitching. Trim the corner diagonally on both sides. 

16. Secure The Facing Edges

Stitch across each shoulder seam and at the side seams to secure both the neck and armhole facings. 

17. Hem The Dress

You can choose to sew the hem by hand or with your machine.

I hope you will like these designs and dresses. Thanks for reading!!!

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